India won the ODI series 3-1 and wanted to leave the West Indies on a high by winning the one-off T20 match that took place on 09 July in Kingston, Jamaica. India batted first and got off to a good start with the Kohli-Dhawan partnership, putting on 64 in just 5.3 overs before Kohli and Dhawan fell in the same over.
India Lose Momentum
R Pant came in at 3 and struggled to find his timing. This was his first match on tour and he could only manage 38 of 35 balls – which slowed down the Indian innings and lost the momentum the openers had built. D Karthik played a good hand but MS Dhoni and K Jadhav got out cheaply which meant that India was always going to be around 30 to 40 runs short. They had a respectable score of 190 on the board but that was never going to be enough for a strong West Indian line-up.
C Gayle was back in the squad and he opened the innings with E Lewis. Gayle did not look threatening and Lewis had been in poor form in the ODIs. However Lewis loves the T20 format and he came to the party in style. He hammered the Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground hitting 12 sixes and 6 fours to score an unbeaten 125 of just 62 balls. He was well supported by M Samuels who made 36 of 29 balls who made sure that Lewis faced most of the strike.
Bowling & Fielding Fail India
Apart from B Kumar, the bowlers did not have any answers to stem the flow of runs. M Shami and R Jadeja were taken to the cleaners. India also missed a number of opportunities in the field and never looked liked posing a serious threat.
In a post-match statement, Kohli said “Even in the first innings, we could have added 25-30 extra. We were on course for 230. And in the field as well, we dropped a few chances and if you don’t grab them you don’t deserve to win.”
The Indian selectors will have to think long and hard on continuing to play MS Dhoni and Y Singh as both of them have no plans of retiring but at the same time have not been performing like they used to. India’s next challenge is Sri Lanka where they are scheduled to play 3 Tests, 5 ODIs and 1 T20.